Preterm labor: Day 3

2.17.2013

Its 2:30am on Sunday, February 17. I am sitting here basking in the glow of the machines and listening to the swoosh of my baby's heart rate monitor. Day three locked up in the Labor and Delivery unit. My baby boy hit two big milestones today. First and foremost, he is 32 WEEKS old today, which seems to be a magic preemie age goal. He made it.

Baby Nate (ahhh, Jameson? Nate? Which one?!?!), also received his second and final steroid injection to assist with lung development. The most pressing goal was to get him to keep cooking until 5pm EST tonight (Sunday) to allow the steroid injections their full affect on his tiny body. Assuming that today goes like yesterday, he should be able to make it in there until 5.
{there is a reason they don't put bedside mirrors, I suppose}
At 5pm I have to be removed from both of the medications that are keeping my contractions under control. I am already on them past what would be "average". I will switch over to a new drug that may or may not be effective. It is the only drug available to take over. If my body responds well to the drug, he has the potential (although highly unlikely) to stay cooking for a few weeks longer, if not, we'll be welcoming a little 32 week 1 day baby boy tonight.

How am I? I miss my Eva. I haven't seen her since Friday evening. The medicine that I'm on makes me really loopy and high. She is staying with my friend and her daughter 20 minutes away. I am so thankful that we have friends that ARE family to help us in our time of need. I know she is in good hands. I am so thankful that I don't bed to worry about her while I am here on lock down. I miss her desperately though. I feel guilty for having to be away from her and for keeping her away from her Daddy too.
{right before we left for the hospital on Friday.  We had no idea what was coming)
I wish we had family around here. I wish my sisters could be here to support me. I wish my Mom was alive and could hop on the next plane out to help us make it through all of this scariness. I wish this baby was a couple weeks bigger. I wish my house wasn't 30 minutes from my hospital. I wish, I wish, I wish.

I'm thankful my sweet Eva is safe and happy with her "cousin" and "Auntie". I'm thankful my husband can take off whatever time he needs to while we're going through this. I'm thankful my hospital has a Level IIIB NICU that is perfectly capable of treating my early arrival. I'm thankful that my body is strong and healthy and able to handle everything that is being thrown at it right now.
{getting in bed with her cousin last night}
If you are one to send out positive thoughts or prayers for others, here are my immediate goals for today:

1. Keep these contractions under control until 5pm so Baby can get his full dose of steroids
2. My blood pressure is naturally very low. They cannot administer the new, safer anti-contraction drug tonight unless my BP is over 90/50. Mine is usually right on or below this cusp.
3. Please keep my Eva on your mind. Despite being in wonderfully capable hands, this must still be very confusing for her.

Thank you for all of the sweet thoughts.

Xoxo

32 comments:

  1. thoughts and prayers your way!! from your bbc april 2013 board!!

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  2. My prayers are with you , your family and your little one. Hang in there . Xxxx

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  3. Praying for you from the April 2013 board!

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  4. Haven't stopped praying. Sending so much love, Jamie! Xoxox
    Maria

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  5. Sending my thoughts and prayers your way!!!

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  6. Sending thoughts and prayers your way! Good luck!

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  7. Praying for you....(((hugs))) from your BBC birth board

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  8. I have certainly been praying for you all Jamie!

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  9. Oh my goodness. Cook baby, cook. Stay in your mama for two more weeks at least! I'll be praying for your family.

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  10. Many positive vibes your way and to baby Nate/Jameson :) Eva will be fine and will be excited to see her little brother. She has another little one to play with I see and being able to just talk to her on the phone will suffice for now. I hope everything went smoothly for you and the little one last night and it is so good to hear that your husband is able to be by your side through it all! {Hugs}

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  11. Sending you all many positive thoughts. May you all reach for peace and ease as much as is possible.

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  12. been thinking of you! sending good-contraction-reducing vibes your way!

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  13. praying and thinking of you!! XOXO

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  14. Thinking of you and keeping you, your new little guy, Eva and your husband in my prayers! I hope all goes extremely good for you!!!!

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  15. I hope everything turns out good for baby and you

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  16. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

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  17. You and your family are in my prayers today!

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  18. Sending love, thoughts, &prayers! Hang in there lady!

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  19. I've been thinking of you non stop. I've been there and it hurts my heart knowing you are now, too. My daughter turned 5 while I was in the hospital 3hrs away hoping her brother would wait a few weeks more. It's HARD. And so will the NICU experience afterward. Hopefully his lungs grow and he will just need to put on some weight and learn to eat quickly so you can all be together.

    It will be over before you know it though :) Soon enough your boy will turn 3 and this whole experience will feel like it was a lifetime ago. And your sweet girl wont remember much of it either. So love them both and take care of you. You have lots of prayers and good thoughts coming your way.

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  20. Oh dear. Well, it's certainly after 5 now and I hope your baby is still cooking. Saying a prayer.

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  21. Thinking of you and your family. Hugs!

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  22. Take care, wishing you all the best :)

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  23. Thinking of you! Sending you and the fam lots of good vibes--and sending the littlest one a dose of patience. Hope you can go home and keep baking the munchkin for a few more weeks.

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  24. Hope you are still doing well with that baby in your belly...thoughts and prayers to you guys!

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